The stage name DJ shadow is the alias of Joshua Paul Davis, a 49-year-old producer and songwriter who blends the sounds of hip-hop, funk, soul, rock, trip-hop, and more to create his distinct experimental instrumental hip-hop style and sound. He released his debut studio album, Endtroducing, on September 16, 1996, via the Mo’ Wax label, and he’s been a mainstay in the instrumental hip-hop world ever since.
Throughout his career, DJ Shadow has become a key figure in the disc jockey world. Drawing heavy inspiration from hip-hop’s early years and groups like Public Enemy, Ultramagnetic MCs, and more, he went on to accomplish something truly special after starting with just a pair of turntables and a sampler.
He’s since collaborated with the likes of Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Run the Jewels, Nas, Q-Tip, Thom Yorke of Radiohead, and many more. His record Endtroducing is considered one of the best albums in the trip-hop genre.